The Elfstones of Shannara is an exceptional book. The beginning is intriguing and introduces a world of concepts and ideas that enthrall and excites, paving the way to high adventure for the lead characters. The battles are plentiful and terrifically well narrated. A great book that would make great TV. If you liked Elfstones of Shannara I found Alan Dean Foster's 'A call To Arms' the modern day high adventure equivalent set among the stars. This too had great concepts and ideas.